Hedge Sparrow, Dunnock

Scientific Name: 
Prunella modularis

14 cm, 21 g. Nondescript, dark and unobtrusive bird, rather like a female House Sparrow but has slim body,fine black bill. Upperparts brown streaked darker; face, collar and breast washed grey; flanks streaked brown; red eye; orange-brown legs. Sexes alike. Juvenile similar but has brown eye. Usually feeds alone on the ground, keeping close tocover; shuffles along in a crouched posture, delicately picking at the surface. Sings from the top of a bush or hedge, a thin hurried warble. Call a high-pitched insistent ''tseep''. Habitat: Forest, scrub, farmland with hedges, orchards, parks and gardens. Breeding: Aug-Feb.

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